THE Capcom he decided to serve his longtime fans in a more specific way with good compilations. First, the collection of Mega Man, who brought the classic games to NES back to the current generation and now, also brought the Disney characters, to give the air of grace on consoles again.
In the 80s and 90s, the Capcom celebrated an unforgettable partnership with Disney, which resulted in several games, many of them becoming true classics. In addition to versions for animated feature films, such as Aladdin or Beauty and the Beast, a Capcom he also adapted animated series for games, which were successful on the screen in two ways: as cartoons and as video games.
In this context, all of us who have lived these decades were able to check the DuckTales (uhu, that’s Adventure Hunters!), Darkwing Duck, and several other drawings that became reference. Perhaps, we Brazilians, did not have a real chance to enjoy the games based on the drawings, either because of the “delay” that such series suffered to get here, or even because of the neglect of Nintendo at this time in Brazil, which, even with the clones, did not promote these games so much.
But, whether it’s to kill the longing, have the first contact with these classics, or even to show your son or nephew about what it was like to play video games in the past, Disney Afternoon Collection brings six of these classics from yesterday to be played again, with their original ROMs and a new feature here and there, to bring it a little fresher, but without losing its retro essence.
Going back in time… literally.
The six games on the list are: DuckTales, DuckTales 2, Chip’n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Tico and Teco), Chip’n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck and Talespin. All these games tell a bit of the rich history of NES: While DuckTales, Chip’n Dale and Talespin show the golden years of the island of Nintendo, with very creative games, attractive gameplay and extreme talent and care of their respective teams, the games “two”, in addition to Darkwing Duck, show a NES already a veteran, who continued to receive games of extreme quality and, in this case, presented the best graphics that the 8-bit could achieve.
both games DuckTales bring exploration as gameplay. There are maps, treasures and several secrets spread across stages chosen by you, in the order you prefer, bringing the exploration of uncle paws and his nephews around the world, looking for adventures. The games of Chip ‘n Dale they focus on paying attention to the stage, in which it is necessary to cross the screens, taking care of enemies and obstacles. Darkwing Duck is a classic platform game that offers one of the best visuals in the NES and all the humor that accompanied the bumbling hero. And finally, the lesser known, but no less fun, talespin, which is a shooter, but with a greater focus on strategy than on action, with its plane being able to sometimes change the direction of the screen, in addition to having vehicle upgrades and offering quite varied scenarios.
The games are just as they came out of their studios in decades past, only with adapted controls. We don’t have any modifications to the ROMs, which means there’s nothing swapped or anything like that, but it’s possible to play the games in a Time Attack, with trophies/achievements rewarding whoever makes it to the finish faster. And, despite being old, the chosen games prove to be strong to win your preference, as they have a lot of exploration, quick thinking and nostalgic platform action. We miss a localization in PT-BR, as the menus are localized, but it’s nothing that can greatly disrupt the fun that these games have to offer.
And since we’re talking back in time, The Disney Afternoon Collection it does this “beyond the limit”, offering a feature to “rewind” the game, allowing that, by pressing a button on the controller, you can rewind your play, thus correcting a mistaken jump or a suffered attack. Along with the save state, present in all games, these features facilitate — and a lot — the gameplay, serving, for example, people who have never been able to finish games in the past, casual players, or even children, who will have the interest in checking the games without suffering from the frustration of Game Over that accompanied us in our childhood. The resource is there, and it is up to the player to decide to use it or not, with a clear award via trophy/conquest for those who manage to reach the end of the games without using it.
The missed chance to bring special extras
I was spoiled for Sonic JAM. the collection of Sonic to saturn, for me, it’s an example of compilation, because in addition to having relevant games, it also offered us a real museum, with several images, and even videos with commercials for the games in the series, as well as the introduction and endings of Sonic CD, which makes the disc a very rich material for those who like the blue hedgehog.
Because of this, there is no way not to compare all the retro collections with the one that the mow launched in 1996. Here we have an interesting museum, with the boxes of the games in their versions released in Japan and the USA, as well as conceptual drawings from the time of development, everything explained with Portuguese subtitles and a slideshow. But I found very little, as this was the chance to bring much more content, such as commercials, interviews, or any other material that was stored in the archives of the Capcom that could further enrich the content.
We also have a kind of Sound Test, with the soundtracks of all the games, which is a great chance to enjoy the theme of DuckTales in its 8-bit version. Everything is pretty cool and worth the visit, but they could put more stuff, even more with the increased storage space.
back to yesterday afternoons
Our afternoons are no longer the same as before, but it’s great to get that feeling again playing these classics offered by Capcom. The games selected for this collection were very well chosen, and bring challenge and nostalgia in the right measure. The new features, although controversial for some players, have been around for a while in emulators and the player chooses how to deal with them, because, for a product made for a differentiated gamer audience, any novelty is worth it to attract new players to the games.
The only drawback was, in fact, the absence of more items in the museum, since the space that today’s games have would allow for a lot of cool stuff. But none of that takes away the shine of these six interesting games, which prove that there is no age for certain games, when they can offer quality and fun, no matter if they were released today, or, in this case, thirty years ago.
The Disney Afternoon Collection is now available for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.